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Naked Heat by Richard Castle
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Oct 28, 10

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Read in October, 2010

Naked Heat by Richard Castle (pp. 288)

A prominent New York gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne is murdered and her mysterious salacious tell-all is missing. More bodies keep dropping. Nikki Heat, the now famous NYC detective and Jameson Rook, the writer who made her famous are thrown back together to solve Towne’s murder.

Based on the main characters of the hit TV series, Castle, the second installment reads much better. It’s more interesting and delivers at a solid pace. There is less distractions trying to compare the main characters in this series to the ones in the TV show. And there are enough differences to keep them clear.

The story itself had well-drawn supporting characters and multiple angles to chase down keeping the plot from getting tedious. The playful banter between Rook and Heat makes the thriller also fun.

My only true beef with the book was its blatant and direct reference to Heath Ledger and his ominous death. The details were too close and could have easily been inspired without being such a straight up copy.

Otherwise, it reads like a good, light thriller. One of the better ones I’ve sampled this year, even with the jocularity.

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